Bernard Vatier


« Helping the judge to judge. Helping both individuals and companies to make choices, in a relationship of absolute trust, this is a passion ».

Bernard Vatier leads our Arbitration and Criminal Business Law and co-leads the Restructuring & Firms in Difficulty department with Ludovic Gayral.

Having honed his skills in the field of company law, both commercial law and corporate law, in its legal and judicial aspects, Bernard extended his activity to criminal financial law.

His expertise in the field of insolvency has led him to take on major cases to turn businesses around.

His commitments in the field of business policy are but the extension of a rich international activity, at which level he has a recognised practice and experience.

Bernard taught company law and criminal financial law at ESSEC.


– Member of the French Conseil de l’Ordre (1987-1989) and (1998 – 2009)
– President of the French Bar (1996-1997)
– Secretary General of the International Bar Association Conference (Conférence Internationale des Barreaux – CIB)
– Vice-President of the Fondation Jacques Chirac
– Member of the executive committee of the French association Société de législation comparée
– Head of the French Delegation for the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (1998 – 2002)
– President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE 2005)
– Honorary President of the Union Nationale des CARPA
– Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
– Honorary Member of the Gray-s Inn
– Honorary Member of the Australian Bar
– President of the Franco-British Lawyer’s Society (2015 – 2017)


Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1971

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